BERLIN (AP) – Switzerland is introducing new restrictions across the country to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which has grown at a record pace in recent days.
At a special meeting on Sunday, the government decided to expand the order to wear face masks, saying that “the rapid increase in coronavirus cases in recent days is of great concern.”
As of Monday, it will be mandatory to cover your face in all closed areas that have access to the public, including train stations, airports, bus and tram stops. The rule also extends to schools, kindergartens, shopping malls, libraries, places of worship, and hotels, among other places.
Gatherings of more than 15 people are not allowed in public, and new regulations were established for private events of more than 15 people.
The number of new cases in the Alpine nation of 8.5 million people hit another daily record of 3,105 on Friday. Overall, Switzerland has reported 74,422 coronavirus infections and 1,823 deaths.
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